Jesse Lingard has taken quite a bashing in recent weeks.
Fans and pundits have laid into his lack of form, and off field behaviour and social media posts.
So it was quite refreshing to see an ex-pro come out today fighting on Lingard’s behalf.
This was ex-Sheffield United footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse.
His take was a strong one, and generated plenty of discussion. Woodhouse believes Lingard is still an ‘elite’ footballer.
At time of writing, Woodhouse had more replies than likes, which generally speaking is never a good sign of making a popular point.
But backing Lingard isn’t popular at the moment. Especially after a season where he scored just four times.
Hopefully the criticism he has taken can motivate him to improve.
If he sees there are still some out there who believe in him too, that can help.